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[Updated] Verizon, Why Did You Stick Your Crappy Logo On The Galaxy Note II's Home Button?

Back at the beginning of September, we got our first glimpse of the Note II on Verizon... and it had a branded home button. Initial thoughts after seeing this were unanimously along the lines of "eww" and "omg why." We all hoped it was some stupid thing they tried while the device was in testing.

It wasn't.

Samsung just released some press shots of the Verizon Note II variant, complete with the absurd home button branding.

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Leaked Verizon MAP List Shows The 'HTC Droid DNA' - Is This The DLX?

We've been hearing rumors of Verizon's massive 5" HTC phablet codenamed DLX for weeks now, but now we may have an idea of what the device's release name could be: the Droid DNA.

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THIS IS CONFIDENTIAL.

According to a leaked MAP (minimum advertised price) document that fell into the hands of Android Central, the DNA could hit Big Red's shelves around November 20th for the typical $200 price tag. Then again, it also has the Note II listed with today's date, yet we haven't heard anything about it from Verizon.

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T-Mobile's Galaxy Note II Official Today For A Wallet-Emptying $370, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Available 'In The Coming Weeks'

Today's the day, T-Mobile folks: the Galaxy Note II can be yours for the low, low price of... $370. OK, so maybe that's not low at all. If you want to get it cheaper, Wirefly's your best bet. Still, if you prefer to walk in to a T-Mo store and walk out with a brand new behemoth in your pocket, you can do that - you'll just have to pay extra.

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[Deal Alert] Samsung Galaxy Note II (T-Mobile) Goes Live At Wirefly.com For $279.99 On Contract

Samsung's latest flagship – the Galaxy Note II – which we've so far only seen on video and in international markets, is finally (officially) headed to States-side carriers, with AT&T beginning pre-orders and Sprint and T-Mobile officially launching the device today.

In addition to official carrier launches (and the opening of pre-orders), though, Wirefly.com has opened up orders for the Galaxy Note II's T-Mobile variant, listing the flagship phablet at $279.99 for new or upgrading contracts.

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[Review] Motorola DROID RAZR HD: Far From Perfect, But I Love It Anyway

As we all know by now, Google purchased Motorola in August of 2011 for a whopping $12.1 billion. Nerds rejoiced, analysts balked, and the general public didn't really notice or care. But Motorola's newest wave of handsets - the excellent Razr M and the new Razr HD/ Razr Maxx HD - aren't the result of Google ownership. They were already in the pipeline, so they're products of the old Motorola.

I'm happy to report that the analysts' skepticism was unfounded.

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AT&T's Galaxy Note II Will Be Available For Pre-Order Beginning October 25, In Stores On November 9 For $300

We've been patiently waiting for US carriers to start announcing the availability of their respective Galaxy Note II variants. While Sprint was the first to step up to the plate, AT&T has now committed to something that you can pencil in on your calendar: pre-orders begin on October 25th, with November 9th as the confirmed launch date.

Much like the other variants that we already know about, AT&T's Note II will hit the wallet fairly hard at $300, which is of course the subsidized price and requires a two-year agreement.

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Alcatel ONE TOUCH Shockwave Hits US Cellular Today For $49.99

It's easy to get caught up with the top-of-the-line Android devices, but there is also a thriving market for budget handsets. The Alcatel One Touch Shockwave is such a device, but it's not without appeal. The Shockwave, as its name suggests, is built to withstand being knocked around a bit.

Shockwave

The Shockwave has a shock-resistant casing, Dragontrail tempered glass, and water-resistant seals. It's a smaller device with a 3.5-inch screen and rounded corners.

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EE Releases Pricing Details For Its Upcoming 4G LTE Network In The UK, Starts At £36 for 500MB Of Data

In early September, Everything Everywhere announced the UK's first 4G LTE network. Simply called EE, the company plans to bring blazing-fast LTE to 16 UK cities before the end of 2012, but - until now - there was nary a word on pricing.

The company will be using a tiered approach in its 4G offering, with each bundle including unlimited voice and text:

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As you can see, device prices vary according to which data bundle is chosen (take notes, US carriers), with high-end devices like the Galaxy Note II going for a mere £30 with an 8GB plan.

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There Is Hope For AOSP Support Of Sprint's Galaxy Nexus After All As Google Releases "Experimental" Binaries

The Galaxy Nexus variant on Sprint might actually have a chance of being officially supported by Google in AOSP after all, which would be a big step in the right direction for carrier-branded Nexus devices.

If you remember, neither Verizon's nor Sprint's Galaxy Nexus was supported by the Android Open Source Project at launch, with the Verizon's version joining the program over half a year after its release. Even though the Nexus S 4G is fully supported, Sprint's GNex variant remained absent from the Nexus Binaries page and was therefore completely unsupported by the Android team.

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Google Wallet Adds Support For MetroPCS, Galaxy S III Compatible Right Now

While we're just hearing that an entirely new version of Google Wallet is on the way (what exactly is new about it is what we don't know), Google announced via Twitter that MetroPCS is the latest Wallet carrier partner. The Galaxy S III is the only Wallet-compatible device on Metro for the moment, but you can probably expect most future Metro phones to carry Wallet support, as well.

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